IVSA is the International Vet Students Association; the students funded organisation provides opportunities to meet vet students all over the world and includes chapters from vet schools in USA, Malaysia and South Africa as well as vet schools all over Europe and many more. The organisation holds congresses and symposiums annually at different locations around the world, previous meetings have been held in Norway, South Korea and Barcelona and the meetings usually consist of a mix of veterinary extra-curricular activities, seeing the sights and opportunities to socialise and go out! IVSA provides networks which vet school chapters can use to plan exchanges, in a group or individually. This allows chapters to host new friends, and show off their vet school and city in a way that only a student can!
Senior Rep - Morgan O'Mahoney firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Rep - Lucy Carter
IVSA exchange to Berlin
This year, IVSA Liverpool has successfully organized an exchange with IVSA Berlin. The first leg of the exchange has already taken place in early June. We visited Chester zoo, where we managed to get a very close view of the young orangutans playing inside their enclosure as well as sitting in front of the Blue Macaws to have our lunch. The following day we showed them around the two campuses we have at the University of Liverpool, including both farms the university owns. We also included some very interesting talks from various speakers, including our own clinical lecturers as well as a guest lecturer from the Kennel Club. We finished the day on the top of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral were we got a beautiful view of the sunset over the Mersey. We toured around Liverpool the next day, visiting the famous Albert Docks as well as the various excellent museums the city has to offer. That night, we paid a little visit to the acclaimed Cavern Club, where The Beatles first started becoming famous, and enjoyed some of the live music that was on offer. We had an early start the next day as we headed to Formby to spend the morning playing paintball! We all enjoyed running around the woods with our paintball guns and shooting the opposite team down. We left around midday and had the rest of the day to relax and prepare for our annual vet summer ball, which was held at Aintree racecourse this year. It was a great night to end the exchange!
We look forward to visiting our friends in Berlin in September- so watch this space!
IVSA congress was held in Indonesia this summer, with delegates travelling from all over the world and taking part in many fun filled and educational activites related to the veterinary profession. In December IVSA UK and Ireland will be meeting, and the delegates will be coming to Liverpool to explore and socialise, so get involved its on your doorstep!
Past Exchanges and Events
Every year IVSA Liverpool holds an 'Around the World' Bar Crawl where we get some great drinks offers in all of the best bars in Liverpool and raise money to fund our exchanges - this year was no different and our friends from Berlin were also able to take part which was great! Last year IVSA Liverpool went to Istanbul, and prior to that we were in Porto, where will we go next? - well we've already started racking our brains and we will be able to tell you very soon so once again - watch this space!
How to get involved? Find us at Vet freshers or email Morgan or Lucy (details above!) and we will give you all the details- we can't wait to meet you!